Elections Calendar of Events
BCA- Last day to adopt use of Australian ballotAll day
BCA- Last day (60 days before town meeting) in towns using Australian ballot for the BCA to vote to use a vote tabulator for town meeting if one is not currently used. 17 V.S.A. § 2491(a)
Clerks- Last day to warn the first public hearing if charter adoption/amendmentAll day
Clerks- Last day to warn the first public hearing if charter adoption, amendment or repeal is to be voted at town meeting (60 days before town meeting). 17 V.S.A. §§ 2641(a), 2645(a)(3) and (6)
LOBBYIST DISCLOSURE FILING DEADLINEAll day
Online Lobbyist Disclosure Deadline filing for ALL Lobbyists, Lobbyist Employers and Lobbying Firms. Filing AFTER this date will subject you to late filing fees.
Clerks- Petition deadline for article to appear on Town MeetingAll day
Clerks/Voters- Last day for voters to file a petition with the town clerk to have an article appear on the ballot. 17 V.S.A. §2642(a)(3)(A) (47 days prior to town meeting). Petition must contain signatures from at least 5% of registered voters in the municipality.
Clerks- Notify petitioners of deficient petitionsAll day
Clerks- If petitions turned in do not conform to statute, clerks must notify the petitioners in writing within 24 hours why the petition does not conform. Petitioners must return supplementary petitions within 48 hours of being notified by the clerk. 17 V.S.A. §2642(a)(3)(A)
BCA- Last day to divide checklist, if necessaryAll day
BCA - Last day for board of civil authority to, if necessary, divide the checklist according to geographic boundaries. 17 V.S.A. § 2501(a). The BCA is required to divide the checklist “If the questions and candidates to be voted upon are not identical for all voters in the town, so that different ballots will be used depending on where a voter lives”. 17 V.S.A. § 2501(a).
Clerks- First day to post Town Meeting WarningAll day
Clerks- First day a clerk may post warnings for town meeting (40 days before the meeting). 17 V.S.A. §2641(a)
Clerks- First day to warn meeting to deposit absentee ballots into vote tabulator the day before an electionAll day
Clerks Using Tabulators- First day to warn a meeting to take place the day before an election for the purpose of depositing absentee ballots into the vote tabulator. The BCA must vote to authorize the use of this procedure. Ballots can only be run through the tabulator the day before the election, must be conducted in the town clerk’s office, and follow all other procedures as laid out in 17 V.S.A. § 2546a.
Clerks- Charter changes must be filed by this dateAll day
Clerks- Official copy of proposed charter amendments must be filed in town clerk’s office by this date if vote is to be taken on town meeting day (10 days before first public hearing). 17 V.S.A. § 2645(a)(2)
Local Candidates- Filing deadline for nominations and consent to appear on Town Meeting ballotAll day
Candidates- In Australian ballot towns, nominating petitions and consent of candidate forms for town offices must be filed with the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. (sixth Monday before the election). A nominating petition must be signed by 30 voters or one percent of the legal voters, whichever is less. 17 V.S.A. § 2681(a)(1)(2). Nominating petitions must contain the candidates name as it appears on the voter checklist. The consent of candidate may contain any nickname a candidate wishes to appear on the ballot. 17 V.S.A. § 2681(a)(3)